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Professor Henderson's Department of Historical Records

Discover the treasures and stories at the heart of the nation's oldest government archive
at the Institute Building, North Terrace 10.00am to 5.00pm.

To celebrate State Records’ centenary, come and see the story of the archive at our exhibition
Professor Henderson’s Department of Historical Records.

On at the Institute Building, North Terrace.


The South Australian Archives Department was made possible by the efforts of Professor George C. Henderson
who worked tirelessly to establish a Department of Historical Records.
On 1
February 1919 George Henry Pitt and Mabel Hardy were appointed as the first Government Archivists in Australia.
Together they were tasked with identifying, preserving and making accessible official records for the use of students,
historians and future South Australians in the newly established South Australian Archives Department. 


Beginning wih a few documents and photographs in 1919, State Records of South Australia now holds over 13 million official records.
There have been many changes to our work in the last 100 years and the future will include many new challenges in the digital age.